New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890.
Octavo (20 x 13.5 cm.), xv, , 304 pages. Illustrated throughout, mostly photographic. FIRST EDITION. The landmark work from the social reformer, "muckracking" journalist and social documentary photographer. Jacob Riis. How the Other Half Lives documents the miserable living conditions of immigrants in New York City. The work started as a short piece, first appearing in the Christmas 1889 issue of Scribner's Magazine. This full length work was issued the following year, now additionally illustrated with seventeen halftone photographic reproductions, "[representing] the first extensive use of halftone photographic reproductions in a book" (Parr). Some foxing throughout, heavier at the preliminaries; internally sound. Original one-quarter blue cloth, gilt-titled at the spine; gray paper-covered boards decorated in blue and titled in red (there is also an original variant binding with full blue cloth, but no precedence has been established). Ex Libris a Maine church library, with library label to front paste down, adhesion marks from library book cover having been pasted down; light adhesion mark to boards and spine from shelf label. Still, not a bad copy of a very important book. Near very good. [Parr, The Photobook Vol. 1, page 53].